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July 22, 2009

Working 1936 Marconiphone revealed to be the UK's oldest television


The digital TV transition apparently wasn't just meant to save spectrum for other things--it's also revealed the oldest working TV in the United Kingdom. A contest ran by Digital UK created to increase awareness of the DTV transition brought attention to the set, a 1936 Marconiphone owned by London-based Jeffrey Borinsky. He says he only keeps the set on for a maximum of two hours and has connected a Freeview tuner to it so he can get extra channels. When the set sold in 1936, the BBC was the only channel available so there isn't a channel changer on the set. Amazingly, in 1936 the Marconiphone sold for 36 guineas, the equivalent of £11,000 today. That's about the cost of a half-decent new car!

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Posted by Justin Davey at July 22, 2009 10:32 AM

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